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Needham Bikes Public Meeting Monday NIght, April 29

At the Needham Library Community Room, at 7:30. Topics for discussion

Globe Editorial: As cycling gains popularity, an anti-cyclist bias remains

There is an evocative opinion piece in the Globe today, revealing an anti-cycling bias that  may be either conscious or unconscious. And the attitude may actually play out in driving habits, where the safety of cyclists sharing the same road is not sufficiently considered.

The salient point in the article was this:

December Meeting Report; Next Meeting Feb. 7

Thanks to all who participated in the December meeting. Here's looking forward to building momentum around improving safety and accommodations for bicycles in the Town!

We had fourteen attendees at the Library on the evening Dec 11th. Special thanks to Lois Levin and Helen Rittenberg from Newton, who brought excellent insights and suggestions from the work they are doing in the neighboring community.

We discussed four key issues. If you are interested in getting more involved in any of these, please contact me or the person listed as coordinating.

Bicycles, Complete Streets and Rail Trails on the Agenda for Town Meeting Nov. 13

The Needham Special Town Meeting has been moved to November 13th, due to Hurricane Sandy. On the warrant for the town meeting are three articles that relate in some fashion to bicycling in Needham.

Though Needham Bikes does not have a formal position on the first two, all bicyclists certainly have a vested interest in the outcomes.This post goes through the three articles, and the potential impact on bicycling interests in town. The articles include two citizen petitions, each requesting town-sponsored committees.

"Bike To the Market Day" This Sunday

The Needham Farmers Market will host a "Bike to Market Day" this Sunday, August 5th.

The first 25 people to arrive at the market by bicycle will receive a $2 coupon to use at the Needham Farmers Market on Sunday.

This coupon will be offered to the first 25 people who bicycle to the Market, and only one coupon per family. Wouldn't it be a great thing to have 25 people show up at the market by bicycle!

To collect your coupon, go to the market manager’s tent.

The Christina Clarke Genco Foundation Holds First Annual Mother’s Day Memorial Bike Ride

NEWTON, MA—The Christina Clarke Genco Foundation (CCGF) will hold the first annual Mother’s Day Memorial Bike Ride on Sunday, May 13th, 2012 at Newton City Hall as part of National Women’s Health Week to commemorate the life of Christina Genco and raise funds to support bike safety and affordable housing projects in partnership with Bike Newton, Bike and Build, and Habitat for Humanity

“We are so excited to announce the Ride because it gives us all a chance to carry on Christina’s legacy,” explains Caroline Genco, President of the CCGF. “Rather than shy away from biking, we are confronting it head-on, promoting bike safety in partnership with Bike Newton, and raising money for affordable housing, the cause Christina lived and died working for.”

The Ride kicks off at Newton City Hall and offers four routes 3.4 miles, 17 miles, 34 miles and 68 miles long to accommodate all ages and abilities. Start times are staggered at 1:00 P.M., 11:00 A.M., 9:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M, respectively.

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